The synthesis of elements heavier than uranium has
opened up new spheres in our knowledge of nature and
new fields of nuclear physics and chemistry. The trans-
uranic elements, the heaviest in Mendeleev’s Periodic
Table, are throwing new light on the structure of the
atomic nucleus and the mechanisms of reactions be
tween nuclei, enabling us to understand the chemical pro
perties of newly produced elements, and to clarify
ideas on the Periodic Law.
The story of current nuclear physics is full of surprises
and is an intriguing tale of imaginative exploration
and painstaking, persistent search, of heartbreaking
failure and unexpected results. The author, Elaine Knor-
re, a science correspondent of the Novosti News Agency,
knows many of the people involved personally, and
has herself been present at some of the crucial moments in the discovery of new elements. Thus she has an
inside knowledge of the story that makes her account interesting and reader will find it attractive.
The book was translated from the Russian by M. Brodskaya and was edited by H. C. Creighton. The book was published by Mir in 1974.